Police Clearance: Online Application & Requirements in the Philippines

Last Updated – May 10, 2021 @ 12:58 pm

What is a Police Clearance?

A National Police Clearance essentially certifies that the holder has no criminal or any otherwise derogatory record based on the Philippine National Police (PNP) database. The document is often among the pre-employment requirements applicants are required to submit. 

In some cases, such as in applications for credit cards and National Bureau of Investigation clearance, it is honored as a valid ID.

However, this does not apply when it comes to COMELEC voter’s registration and Department of Foreign Affairs passport renewal/application. 

The document is valid for six months upon issuance. 


Police Clearance Requirements

To apply for a police clearance, you need to present two valid IDs. These can be any of the following:

The two IDs presented should:

  • Original (not photocopied)
  • Not be expired
  • Bears the applicant’s complete name, clear photo, and signature

Note: If you only have one valid ID, you can present this along with a certified true copy of your birth certificate (with original official receipt). 

The police clearance fee is P160.


How to Apply for a Police Clearance Online

In August of 2018, the PNP launched the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) – an online service that allows Filipinos nationwide to secure a police clearance in just 10 minutes.

However, applicants will still have to make a personal at a police station to register their biometrics.

Here’s how to go about applying online:

Step 1: Register for an online account

Visit PNPClearance.ph. If you’re a first-time applicant, click the “Register” button and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Click on the “Next” button until you reach the last page where the “Agree” button is. 

Input all the required information in the “New Applicant Registration” box. Once you check the “Terms and Conditions” box, click the “Register” button. 

You’ll then receive a confirmation email from the NPCS. If you can’t find the email in your inbox, check your spam folder.

The email will contain a link to verify your account. When you click the verification link, you’ll be taken to the log-in page of the NPCS website. 

Step 2: Set an appointment  

Sign in to your account using your registered email address. It’s important to note that before you can set an appointment, you need to edit your profile first.

To do this, you’ll need to click the “Edit Profile” button and accomplish the online form. When you’re done, click the “Save Profile” button. 

Then, click the “Clearance Application” button and select the police station closest to you. Then, choose from the list of available schedules and click “Next.”

Click the “Land Bank of the Philippines” button, then “Save Appointment.”

This will show you the payment details. Take note of the reference number provided as this will be used for the police clearance fee payment. 

Step 3: Pay for the Police Clearance

Click the “Pay to LANDBANK” button. This will take you to the LBP ePayment Portal.

You can pay the fee using your Landbank, GCash, or BancNet account. 

Step 4: Go to your selected police station

On your scheduled appointment, you’ll need to bring your two valid IDs, reference number, and official receipt of your police clearance payment. 

Once there, you’ll have your biometrics captured, along with your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature. Then, you’ll need to wait a few minutes as the police officer verifies your records on the PNP database. 

Should your name get a hit, you’ll need to undergo another verification process. Once you get through that, you can claim your police clearance. 


Philippine National Police Clearance FAQs

How soon do I need to pay the police clearance fee?

You need to pay the fee within two banking days. Otherwise, your transaction will be canceled. 

If I already paid and want to cancel my transaction, can I get a refund?

No. 

What happens if I can’t make it on my appointment date?

You’ll need to schedule and pay again as both the appointment and the payment are forfeited. 

What if there are errors on the document?

You’ll need to correct your data on the website and go through the application process again so be mindful of the information you provide.  

Is barangay clearance or cedula needed for police clearance?

Both are no longer required. The new guidelines from the PNP only requires any of the listed IDs above.

How much is the police clearance fee?

P160 (P150 for the police clearance, and P10 for the transaction fee)

How long does the police clearance application process take?

Usually takes between 15 minutes to 1 hour.

About TJ Ibay

TJ is the lead editor of Grit PH.

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  1. Grace Dichoso says

    Sir/Maam,
    Regarding police clearance, pwede po bang yung pArent po ang magparenew ng police clearance ng anak ko para hindi na po lumabas yung bata.

  2. Hedra Lodesong says

    My son is 21 years old and a high school graduate few years back. He wants to have a work now. Police clearance is one of the requirements every time he applies for a job. But his only ID is his birth certificate. What will he do?

    • Angela says

      Hi, does the Transaction status change when you’ve already paid? Mine says “Pending” still even if I’ve already paid via 7-11.

      • Christine Joy Baruelo says

        Pwede pong NBI muna Ang unahin nyang kunin . Kase po pwede po sa NBI Ang birth certificate as valid ID. Then saka na po sya kumuha Ng iba pang requirements at NBI na po Ang gawin nyang valid ID .

  3. KingMonching says

    Pag first time job seeker di po ba free? Bakit po nakaindicate sa pag apply ng Police Clearance ang payment sa kanilang site, and you need to click it to be able to proceed the transaction. Samantalang may iki-click naman doon na “first time job-seeker”. Ignore ko na lang ba yung payment and proceed sa Police Station on the scheduled date or kailangan ko pa ring bayaran para may maipakita akong resibo?

    • Maria Lourdes S. Lopez says

      I need a police & NBI clearance from 1971-2020, a requirement for my petition. I Lived in different cities in Metro Manila during this time. How do I go about this matter?

      Please reply.

    • Megz says

      What if Birth Certificate pa lang talaga ung meron? Kasi applying and waiting pa lang din po sa ibang ID’s? Less hassle kasing makakuha ng police clearance ID unlike sa iba na ang tagal makukuha.

      • Christine Joy Baruelo says

        Mas ok po Kung kukuha ka muna Ng NBI Lalo na Kung birth certificate pa Lang Ang valid ID na merun ka . Same day makukuha mo din nmn po sya. Then saka kana kumuha Ng iba pang requirements.

  4. Eric Alijado says

    I already pay the police clearance through 7-11 with MYEGPH..is that okay..but said that it has yo pay tru Gcash or Bancnet

  5. Maria Lourdes Lopez says

    Hi,
    I need a Police & NBI clearance from 1971-2020 for my petition. I lived in four different cities during those years. How do I go about this matter?

    Please reply.

  6. ceb says

    trying to settle my payment transaction nagtaasan na kame ng boses nung cashier.. land bank lang merong choices nagmukha akong anga anga kanina maski sa mismong land bank saan po ba doon kase makikita yung “others”? wala naman talaga kase.. so yung mga may access lang tru online bank ng land bank makakabayad? anyare system?

  7. Dave says

    Sinunod ko lahat ng instructions hanggang sa payment. Pero ang nakakalungkot… nung magpunta ako sa branch (Cainta) na inaapplyan ko. Hindi daw sila nagpa-process ng online transaction. Pasig at Marikina lang daw ang meron. Sana man lang, hindi na lang nilagay sa options yung Cainta Police Station kung hindi naman talaga nag-aasikaso ng ganito. Sayang ang pera (₱180) at pagod.

  8. Dianne says

    Kapag po na first time job seeker, barangay certificatne na lang ang ipapakita imbis na receipt?
    Nagtanong din po kasi ako sa email nila pero bumalik lang akin email ko kasi either wala daw na ganoong email add or Hindi sila tumatanggap na email.
    Asking for confirmation lang po thanks.

  9. Rhodes says

    If I am going to avail for the RA11261, am I still going to pay for the fee or I’ll just go straight to the PS?

  10. zhairmagne says

    How do I get to print my official receipt? I only received an email from Landbank, that’s all. Im not sure if that is already the official receipt

  11. Jack Cris says

    I was new to this system, when I went to the Police station to get a clearance the staff says that payment method as well as the fill-up form is online. So rush onto a comp-shop and someone made me an account. Accidentally he made a mistake and create a mess. I paid the amount due, head over to the police clearance building and the staff said I need to edit my account because of typing error or so he said. When I go back to the shop the one who made my account wasn’t there anymore and I don’t have the access to the account because he is the one who made it. What should I do? Can someone help? Or perhaps can my Account be deleted because it is useless anyway.

  12. Joana says

    Hello po ask q lng po pano kung wla n po ung original official receipt ng birth certificate?? Ttanggapin p rn po kya un.. PSA Birth cert. nmn po un at nung last year q lng dn po nkuha.

  13. Chill says

    Hi,

    Sabi hindi na kailaingan ng brgy clearance at cedula for police clearance. Naka schedule at nag bayad for application ng police clearance.
    And then pag pumunta ko police office BACOLOD hanapan pa ko ng bgry clearance at cedula.?
    What the f*ck nag appoint nga ung taong thru online for less hassle tapos hanapan pa ng ibang requirements maliban sa two VALID IDs

  14. says

    Police clearance is a document that is respectable and must be issued before one can take up any government related jobs. For other private businesses, it’s advisable for employees to get the clearance so as not to hinder company reputation if caught in any criminal allegations.

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